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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Suggestion for Organizers RE: The Swap Gallery on: September 30, 2007 10:23:21 PM
I have participated in many swaps and it seems a lot of the time, for me at least, my downstream partner either forgets to post pictures in the swap gallery or just doesn't. I end up posting the pictures myself, which is fine, I guess, but for me, I often forget to take pictures in my excitement to send.

I understand that people get busy and forget to post pictures, which is why  I want to suggest that we put a suggestion on the document "how to be an organizer" or whatever that says to keep track of the pictures that have been posted or haven't been posted, so if pictures aren't posted, they can make a gentle reminder or note it in the feedback.

I've organized swaps before and after the person sent, I considered them done and figured the picture posting was up to them and their partner, but like I said, sometimes people forget Smiley
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Giant Robot! on: September 03, 2007 09:32:46 AM
This isn't my craft, but a male friend of mine who doesn't know the wonderful-ness of Craftster gave me permission to post it here.

This friend of mine and his roommate had a Back-to-school/Labor Day gathering last night and for this party they made a giant robot. No, giant robots aren't our school's mascot -- they're just appropriate for every gathering.


Giant Robot with flash.

Giant Robot without flash (to show glowing eyes)

He took apart a standard lamp and used the wiring from it to make the face/eyes glow. The body is made of cardboard boxes with aluminum foil.

Enjoy!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Fall 2007 Interweave Knits.... on: July 31, 2007 12:37:02 PM
My new issue of Interweave Knits came in the mail today, and I've been on pins and needles waiting for it...it's the first issue with Eunny Jang as editor!

The first thing I noticed is that it is THICK! Thicker than usual. It is sort of the 'green' issue -- there is a lot about organic yarns and such.
THere is a feature about different cables and it seems like a great article...I can't wait to sit down and read it..

The patterns! I think that there are more than usual here..including a nice pair of thick, woolen, cabled socks that make me want it to get cold already! I love, love the tilted duster (which is on the cover) and I can't wait to make it!

Not only that, but there are FIVE really cool toe-up sock patterns online...

I'm very pleased with this issue. I think that the summer issue was really a transition issue, and I just knew Eunny would blow us away as editor...

Has anyone else gotten their copy??
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Tractor Tire Sandbox! on: June 30, 2007 03:43:36 PM
This is not my craft, it is my mom's, but she gave me permission to post it here because I think it is so cool.
This tractor tire has been in the yard for as long as I remember (my grandmother lived in this house until she died, and then my parents moved in). Well, my mom has two grandchildren now, so she decided to turn it into a sand box.

I think that it is very cool that she painted it bright yellow. The kids love it. The bottom of the tire has concrete to keep the sand in.

The box with the cover. My mother searched and searched for fabric that would work as a cover, and then she bought a shower curtain from the dollar store (notice that it is fading from sun exposure). She measured the tire with a string and then cut the curtain into a circle.

Finally, she attached weights that you would buy to weigh down a picnic tablecloth to keep the cover on.

I'm just so in love with this! I love my crafty genes!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / "The Slink" from DomiKNITrix by Jennifer Stafford on: June 16, 2007 01:58:22 PM
I've FINALLY finished the Slink! I started this top about two months ago (right when it started getting warm) and I've finally finished. I had some setbacks along the way, which I will explain fully after the pictures!


Here it is in all its glory! The purl ridge detail around the waist goes all the way around the back of the sweater.


Here it is on me, just to show that it actually does fit.

Ok, so here are the details:

Pattern: The Slink, from DomiKnitrix
Pattern Author: Jennifer Stafford
Yarn: Classic Elite Rockford Cotton. This is an Egyptian Cotton yarn that has been discontinued. My mom actually bought this for me at a yard sale in Massachusetts a couple of years ago. It ironically was the perfect yardage for this project (I have about 6 yards left over).
Modifications: I didn't follow the pattern for the rolled V neck. After I was done knitting the top, I didn't want to knit too much around the neck because it looked good as is.

close up of the v-neck

Notes:
This pattern is cast on with a provisional cast on in the left back area of the top. It is then knit sideways all the way around the body and then the provisional cast on is taken out and it is "seamed" under the left armpit area with kitchener stitch. Stitches are picked up around the arm for a short row cap sleeve.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Upcycled Bag from Goodwill Sweaters. on: June 16, 2007 01:41:05 PM
I made this bag today! It was very easy to make. I used two sweaters that I found at Goodwill. The orange sweater had a stain on it and the green tweed sweater (I swear it is green, though it looks grey in the pictures) looked as if it had been accidentally felted and shrunk. Both are 100% lambswool.

I used the tutorial from this episode of Threadbanger:
http://www.threadbanger.com/episode/threadheads_10 (if you aren't watching Threadbanger, you really should be).



I didn't make it reversible like in the tutorial, and since the two sweaters were so thick, it was very hard to sew the strap together in a way that would look good, so I took a rectangle of the orange fabric and knotted it around the strap and stitched the knot so it wouldn't come undone. Finally, I cut a flower shape out of the two fabrics and sewed a cool button in the middle to hold it to the bag. I left the flower kind of floppy, although I stitched the top petal to the bag so it wouldn't be too floppy.

Here is another view:



7  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Notifications not working? on: June 06, 2007 06:09:20 AM
Hey, I hope this is the right place for this thread! I have Craftster set up to notify me anytime a topic is posted in the Knitting completed object board or the Clothing board, and I haven't gotten a notification for about three days, however, I know there have been new topics posted. Is anyone else having this same problem?
 Huh
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Simplicity 'Sew Easy' 6620 --- "Grandma's Drapes" Kimono Top on: May 15, 2007 05:12:21 PM
Finished this top today!


The fabric was $1/yd at WalMart. I know that the v-neck looks a little weird, but that is just because I had to sew it down (I'm a little busty and afraid of my boobs popping out).

I really love this top. I just wore it out to dinner with my boyfriend's family and I got a bunch of compliments!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Dollar and a half cafe curtains! on: May 09, 2007 08:18:53 AM


Even though this fabric was only $1/yd, I for SOME REASON got only 1.5 yards, so as a result, the rod casing for the right curtain is smaller than the one on the left, but I don't think it is noticeable enough to worry about. I'm going to go get some more of the fabric in a couple of days and I'll re-make the right curtain.

I LOVE the gingham print. Before I made these, the curtains that I had up in the kitchen came with the apartment, and they were cute, but they were not very 'springy'. I'm going to wash them and then put them back up when it gets cold again.


I realize the one without the flash, while it looks better, doesn't show the curtains very well. Here is one with the flash. However, it shows the casing issue too much for my tastes!  Cheesy
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / What is wrong with my machine? on: May 04, 2007 11:46:14 PM
So, I'm trying to stitch a top that I'm making. I'm using stretchy-knit fabric. So, I keep getting really tangled loose bottom thread, like when you don't have the bobbin threaded right. Here is what I did to try to fix it:

1) I re-threaded the bobbin (like, 10 times) and even though I've done it about 498479374 times, I even opened my manual and followed the instructions exactly.

2) I thought I might need a bigger needle, so I changed the needle (twice). 

3) I upped the top thread tension to 4, then 5.

I'm still getting that loopy tangled bottom thread. WHAT is going on??? I've tried everything EXCEPT tightening the tension on the bobbin. I don't really want to do that unless I'm positive that is the problem. I'm so frustrated, someone please help me!

I feel like it can't be an issue with the fabric, because I already sewed the top part of the shirt, and it involved three layers of fabric (the fabric I'm using is on the thick side), where as the part I'm on now is only two layers!
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